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energy want to put behind your decisions. i came to understand that i had control of my own destiny. at that point, i did not hate poverty anymore. i knew it was only temporary. i knew i could change that. to continue on the theme of education, in 1831, alexis day tocqueville came to america to study this country. europeans were fascinated. how could a fledgling nation be competing with them on virtually every level? this is impossible. the total was one to sort it out. he looked at our government -- cqueville was impressed. he said this is really something. he said, let me look at their education system. he was blown away. anybody finishing the second grade was completely literate. he could find a mountain man on the outskirts of society. he could have a political discussion. he could tell him how the government worked. take a look at the chapter on education in my latest group, "america the beautiful," which a writ with my wife. in that chapter, you will see questions extracted from the sixth grade exit exam from the 1800's. i doubt most college graduates to they can pass the test
extraordinary talents and energy. limits on religious freedom, every impediment to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. after president of the united states, he could only become president of the world. the praise the respect he receives from both sides of the aisle says big volumes about his character. the man he defeated, former president george h. w. bush said, if clinton were the titanic, the iceberg would have sunk. it has less to do with this sharp political acumen and more to do with his deeply held values and ideals. bill clinton believes in an america that is tied in a single garment of destiny. our fates are bound together and we should work together. a man from hope continues to work to give hope to millions. bill clinton has taught us that while hope is a powerful motivator, it takes more than that to build the future we dream of. as we revitalize our discussion about how to renew the american dream, i ask you to join me in welcoming a great proponent of the american dream, the honorable william jefferson clinton. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you.
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